NFL Draft 2011: Will Mike Shanahan Pursue a QB for the Washington Redskins?
To answer the question posed, yes, it appears he will.
Let me qualify things by stating it's not clear whether Shanahan will do so in the draft or through free agency, where a veteran could be available to replace either Donovan McNabb or Rex Grossman, or possibly join the two in an open competition.
But the latter is, well, a cloudy projection, at best. As for the draft, Shanahan and the Skins could seek more of a project type for the future, but doing so would be to place less of an emphasis on a defense that was even more pathetic than the sluggish Washington offense a season ago.
The Redskins ranked no better than 22nd in every major statistical category, including second to last in both passing yards and total yards per game. Couple those numbers with the uncertainty surrounding the future of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who is scheduled to appear in court on misdemeanor assault charges in May, and choosing a minted quarterback may not be the most immediate concern in D.C.
Legal woes notwithstanding, it seems almost inevitable Haynesworth will be dealt once the league's internal strife is quelled, but that only intensifies the debate about which side of the ball Washington should address next month.
The secondary could use an upgrade at corner, but the Redskins, even at No. 10, may be too far down in the pecking order to receive ample value at that position. The front seven produced only 29 sacks in 2010, so Missouri's Aldon Smith, cut virtually from the same cloth as end Brian Orakpo at the same age, could be an option.
Or, of course, true to form, Shanahan could defy all logic and take an impact player at wide receiver, like Alabama's Julio Jones.
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